Driskel completed 35 of 64 passes for 432 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions during the 2020 season. He added 28 yards on six carries. Driskel filled in admirably for Drew Lock after the latter injured his shoulder in Week 2 against Pittsburgh, nearly leading the comeback. A ho-hum outing in Week 3 against Tampa Bay pushed him down the depth chart, and he didn't record a touch after a carry in Week 4. Driskel actually finished with a team-high quarterback rating of 78.4, but that does not quite provide the veteran stability Denver needs with youngsters Lock and Brett Rypien on the roster. The Broncos would have a net savings of $2.5 million against the cap should they move on from Driskel, and that seems likely as the team figures to look for a more established hedge for its bet on Lock.
The Broncos activated Driskel off the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports. Driskel was placed on the list Nov. 29 after testing positive for the virus. His positive test forced the rest of the quarterback room in Denver onto the list as close contacts, ultimately leading to practice-squad receiver Kendall Hinton taking the reigns at quarterback. With Driskel back healthy, it's likely he'll take over the No. 2 job behind Drew Lock for Saturday's game against the Bills.
Driskel's placement on the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday was the result of a positive COVID-19 test, Jeff Legwold of ESPN.com reports. At the time Driskel was placed on the list, it wasn't immediately clear whether he tested positive himself or was considered a close contact of someone who did. After the Broncos confirmed Driskel was infected, fellow quarterbacks Drew Lock, Brett Rypien and Blake Bortles were added to the list Saturday, when all three were pulled off the practice field and told to self-isolate since they were discovered to have not worn masks at one point during contact with Driskel in recent days. With the NFL opting not to postpone Sunday's Broncos-Saints game, Denver will be without its top four quarterbacks, forcing the team to turn to practice squad receiver Kendall Hinton -- who previously played quarterback early in his college career at Wake Forest -- as its starter under center. As of Sunday, Lock, Rypien and Bortles continued to test negative for COVID-19 and should be activated by Tuesday, but Driskel looks poised to remain out through the Broncos' Week 13 game in Kansas City while he's still infected.
Driskel (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game versus the Patriots, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports. Driskel struggled in his lone start against Tampa Bay this year, completing 17 of 30 passes for 176 yards, a touchdown and an interception, while Brett Rypien showed a bit of promise in his Week 4 win over the Jets. With Drew Lock (shoulder) returning to the lineup, Rypien will serve as the backup while Driskel watches the game in street clothes.
Driskel was benched in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 28-10 loss to the Buccaneers, and coach Vic Fangio said after the game that he replaced Driskel with Brett Rypien "to see if he could get rid of the ball quicker," Mike Klis of 9News reports. Driskel completed 17 of 30 passes for 176 yards, one touchdown and one interception before being replaced. Rypien completed his first eight passes to lead the team down the field before throwing a red-zone interception. Both quarterbacks averaged 5.9 yards per pass, and Fangio refused to name a starter for Thursday's Week 4 game against the Jets, though the team won't have much time to deliberate given the quick turnaround.
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